Eating Out

There are lots of options within walking distance and a short drive away. Just ask us what kind of place you're looking for and we'll make some suggestions and give you an up to date review but here are some tried and tested favourites. Some places have more limited opening hours out of the summer months…it's really worth checking ahead.

Quality dining

All of these are a drive / taxi away but you'll experience eating some of the finest ingredients available cooked by our best talented and enthusiastic chefs.

The Tolcarne in Newlyn

A great pub building that's been sensitively transformed to one of the best fish restaurants in the South West. Run by Ben Tunnicliffe, the ever changing and predominantly fish menu sources fish straight from the boats in Newlyn Harbour. Call ahead to book and to discuss dietary requirements. 01736 363074

The Gurnard's Head, near Zennor

One of our real favourites, the Gurnard's serves food that's sourced from the local farms and hills. A real gem, the service is impeccable and you can eat lunch or dinner in either the bar or restaurant. You really must book. 01736 796928

Café at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance

We love the café, both the building and the food. Cooked to order served on the terrace or in a lovely spacious room with a wood burner for when it's chilly, it's well priced, relaxed and friendly. Build you your appetite by visiting the sculpture gardens beforehand. Call to book 01736 448089

The Old Coastguards in Mousehole

Part of the same family as The Gurnard's Head, the Old Coastguard's serves a varied and changing menu. The restaurant and bar have long views down to the sea and it's a real haven from the bustle of the small Mousehole streets. Call to book 01736 731222

Ben's Cornish Kitchen in Marazion

The reviews and awards say it all, understated excellence in a small intimate restaurant. The food speaks for itself and the service is knowledgeable and understated. A special place for a special treat. Open for lunch and dinner. Booking essential 01736 719200

More simple eating

The King's Arms in St Just

A good pub on the market square in St Just, the King's has a restaurant that has a menu to suit all tastes. Generous portions, friendly service, proper pub food and some lovely fish and seafood dishes. It does a great Sunday lunch too. Booking advisable. 01736 788545

Jeremy's fish and chips in St Just

The local fish and chip shop cooks to order, and is really popular. There's a restaurant upstairs that is unlicensed (but opening times for sit-in are a bit random so worth checking). They've started allowing you to take your take away upstairs. Eat al fresco for the best feeling.

The Trewellard Arms in Trewellard

A great pub that's a good walk from St Just (we drive there and walk home across the fields) A wide selection of beers, and whiskeys set it apart from the run of the mill, and food that's generous and well cooked, with an ever changing special board. It's worth calling ahead. 01736 788634

The Trewellard Meadery in Trewellard

A Cornish institution, a visit to the Meadery is a must for anyone who enjoys a slightly different experience. Dark, atmospheric with quick and efficient service, you eat with your hands (cutlery is available if you prefer) and drink one of the many fruity meads on offer. Beware, it is stronger than it tastes. You must book. 01736 788345

The Fieldhouse in Trewellard

This B&B opens it's kitchen up on Thursday and Friday nights to the delight of everyone that visits. You must book, there is a small, home cooked menu that changes weekly, it's not licensed so take your own beer / wine, and only takes cash. A real hidden gem. 01736 788097

Cafes, takeaways and quick bites – all in St Just

The Square

Serving great lunches and homemade sandwiches in the day, and pizzas for only £5 until 8pm in the evening, there's great choice and great quality. Linked to the King's Arms, you can even take your pizza to the pub to enjoy with a drink.

Red Star Chinese takeaway

The only proper takeaway in town (we've already mentioned Jeremy's above) the Red Star does really tasty Chinese food. Sometimes it's just what's needed - it's quick, well priced and always delicious.

Keg-an-Teg

A lovely café next to McFaddens butchers, we love their breakfasts and the coffee. It does yummy lunches and if you've got a special request they'll try their best to help.

The Cookbook

Also a great breakfast place, the Cookbook combines a café and a book shop, just perfect for whiling away and hour or two.

The Dog and Rabbit

A quirky café on the road behind the Post Office, serving veggie delights, smoothies, great drinks, and sometimes there'll be evening events and pop up kitchens by local talented cooks.